Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The computers were used to help check in voters.
Four laptop computers belonging to the Cook County Clerk’s Office that were used in Wilmette’s early voting process were reported stolen after the machines went missing from a village building last month, police say. The stolen computers stored no voter information, but the incident was the first time Cook County voting equipment has been stolen since at least 2008 and perhaps earlier, said Cook County Clerk’s Office spokeswoman Courtney Greve. Wilmette’s early voting lasted from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3, was open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and took place at the Wilmette Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd. The computers were used to assist in voter check in. “The way that they check in the voters is using a secure website …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Patch put together a searchable database that breaks down votes from the presidential election by precinct and by township in suburban Cook County.
The Cook County Clerk's Office has tallied the votes in the Nov. 6 presidential election by township and precinct in suburban Cook County. Patch used that data to put together a searchable database so you can see how many of your neighbors voted for Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney, or for third party candidates. According to the clerk's office, there were a total of 1,416,811 registered voters in Suburban Cook County as of Nov. 6. Of those, 1,000,800 cast ballots for president. Barack Obama won 634,935 of those votes, and Mitt Romney took 347,007. Use the pull-down menu to find your township or precinct. If you're not sure what precinct you live in, go to this page and type in your address.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
President Barack Obama was reelected this week.
President Barack Obama won a second term this week, winning by a wide margin in the electoral colllege and winning more than 50 percent of the popular vote. The 2012 election was unique for many reasons. It was the first presidential election since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. The ruling allowed unlimited donations to flow to so-called super PACs. Slate reported that the super PACs spent a total of $1 billion on the campaign. Obama was reelected despite a relatively high unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Business Week noted that not since FDR has a president been reelected with such a high unemployment rate. The result was not a surprise to everyone. The New York Times' Nate Silver predicted Obama had a better than 90 percent …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
New Trier Township had one of the highest levels of voter turnout in suburban Cook County this year.
Although fewer people voted for the presidential election in New Trier Township than in 2008, New Trier was still among the townships in suburban Cook County with the highest levels of voter turnout this year. According to unofficial results from Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, a total of 972,272, cast their ballots for president in New Trier Township on Tuesday, compared to 1,056,242 in 2008. Voter turnout was 75.2 percent, behind Oak Park (79.8%), River Forest (76.1%), and Rich (75.7%). Evanston Township took the fifth spot for high voter turnout with 74.9 percent, the Clerk's Office reported. Overall, voter turnout in suburban Cook County was about 69 percent on Tuesday. Barack Obama and Joe Biden took 53.82 percent of the votes…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A rundown of the local races that mattered most to Wilmette and Kenilworth.
Biss Wins 9th State Senate District Race State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanstion) says as the new state senator he will be working hard on fiscal stabilization. The Democratic candidate said he was humble and proud that his campaign has been successful. Kenilworth Home Rule Referendum Fails The Kenilworth's home rule referendum has been voted down with more than three in five Kenilworth voters casting "no" ballots for the measure. The referendum would have moved some taxing, zoning and licensing powers from the state to the local level by making the village a “home rule unit”. Fine Defeats Frank in 17th IL House District Race Laura Fine (D-Glenview) has defeated Kyle Frank (R-Skokie) by nearly a two-to-one margin to take the Illinois’ 17th …
Newly re-elected President Barack Obama speaks to 10,000 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Read the liveblog for a full recap of the event.
Learn what happened throughout the state during yesterday's elections.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Thousands of Obama fans cheered and danced in McCormick Place on Tuesday night as news networks predicted the president would win.
As network news stations predicted President Barack Obama would win reelection shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, fans crowded into McCormick place cheered and danced. Campaign organizers played songs like "RESPECT" by Aretha Franklin as supporters called out "four more years, four more years!"
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
LIVE from McCormick Place: Patch reports live from the celebration.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …